As I’m spending my Easter-holidays in Amsterdam it’s a good time to share some outtakes from last weeks - via instagram.
First-time wear of the new Finealta denim, together with a chunky roll-neck sweater and my old field jacket. First-time wear of spring for those Superga sneakers as well.
Office-uniform. Caruso suit, Kamakura shirt, Viola Milano cashmere tie and Alfred Sargent shoes.
Got a new key-chain for the summer from Sauma - by Lardini.
Shades of green, blue and hints of orange. Shirt by Sonrisa for Rose&Born, Weekday denim and Carmina string loafers.
G.Abo flannel x Alfred Sargent Moore oxfords.
There can never be too much of this. Had a nice after-work last Friday while visiting “Samppanjamarkkinat” @Korjaamo.
As said, having Easter-vacation in Amsterdam. Had dinner at Hotel de Goudfazant, one of the best experiences in a long time and one of the top places I’ve visited - Really nice display and atmosphere, great service and good food.
Hi: I love your site and could not help but fall in love with the LBM 1911. I was searching for this unstructured sports coat in cotton and also came across an unstructured Lubiam sports coat in cotton with similar stitching details to the 1911. I believe Lubiam owns the LBM 1911 line so was wondering what is the difference in the quality, fit and materials between the two if any. Mike
In general, as you referred Lubiam is the company with many different lines and labels, L.B.M 1911 being one of them.
The “biggest” thing is maybe the fact that the L.B.M1911 line the “casual line” of the company and in general all the products are garment-dyed and washed in terms of fabrics. In most of the jackets in this line (not all of them though) have a final result that resembles kind of a “worn-in vintage look”.
"Lubiam" on the other hand is the most "classic style" and main line of Lubiam. In terms of fit it is a bit more "relaxed", not that slim and fitted as for example the L.B.M1911 line which usually is pretty snug. Lubiam is more for business and L.B.M1911 is more for "pleasure" and dressed-up casual occasions.
In terms of quality I think both lines goes pretty much hand in hand. Then there’s other lines of Lubiam such as Luigi Bianchi Mantova and Brando, of which Brando is the most high-end-line of the company.
And to check out, from here you’ll find some more posts regarding Lubiam.
- If you have time to go only one place, go here. They have really great stuff from brands like Tombolini, Lardini, Tagliatore, Gran Sasso, Montecore, Viola Milano, Carmina, Pirelli, Italian Independent etc… For more posts and info, check here.
- Fere is the most “classic style” shop there is in Helsinki. They’re selection goes from Hackett, Turnbull&Asser and Aquasqutum all the to Pal Zileri, Loro Piana, Isaia and Brioni. They also have some Taylor of Old Bond Street skincare and shaving products and shoes from Crockett & Jones, Allen Edmonds and Sutor Mantellassi.
You can read something more about them from this post.
One of my absolute favorite shops in Helsinki and actually in general. Their men’s store is located at Erottaja with a selection of brands such as S.N.S Herning, Gitman Vintage, Barena, Hansen, Inis Meain, Saturdays, Nanamica, Mismo etc..
During my trip in New York last month I got the chance to drop by and pay a visit at Isaia's showroom on the 5th Avenue.
A while ago I wrote about the collection as it was seen at Pitti Uomo for the first time, so I’m not gonna go there that much again but you can find my review and more pics from here. Although whereas the presentation at Pitti concentrated highly on the sportswear and casual selection, it was great to see the whole ensemble featuring also the more business- ja formal-oriented side of the line at the showroom.
Here’s few outtakes in terms of what will be seen during next fall and winter. Bold patterns (as usual), mixture of colors, interesting fabric choices and versatile combinations of textures.
Shades of brown and rust featuring bold patterns.
From the “mood board” where it all begins for every season.
Coralflauge on the backside of the collar - it’s all about the details.
Different colors of 5-pocket denim - optimal for casual wear
No compromises but the best in everything, aiming to create instant classics that will last for years in terms of design and durability.
That’s what Mismo basically is. As expected, Adam and Rikke have done great job once again and created a collection that’s maybe the best that’s been seen from them so far.
As usual the collection presents some new materials and mixtures such as the distressed leather in black and “dark tan” seen in the pics above. There’s also new developments in technical fabrics and the lightweight polyester blends featured in the “casual” collection will probably be a favorite for many. In terms of models, there’s gonna be a new backpack, some new innovations in tote bags and also an interesting interpretation of a weekend bag that can be used as a backpack as well. And no worries, the classic canvas fabrics and classic models such as as the M/S soft work bag are still featured.
An ensemble probably not that appropriate to wear at work (in office) but combining your suit with a pair of classic sneakers such as Jack Purcells or Supergas and a denim shirt is an optimal way to dress down your outfit. For example if you’re heading to have a few drinks after work…
Just be sure that the construction of the suit you’re wearing is lightweight, rightly fitted and not too business-oriented. And another thing to remember, wear no socks.
Field jacket: Herno Suit: Boglioli Shirt: Barba Sneakers: Converse
The second look book - this time for spring and summer - by Stockholm based Gabucci is now up and live, featuring Mr. Lalle Johnson and photographed by Garl Gustafsson. This time they’ve also spiced the look book by bringing up their selection for women.
Elegant and inspiring mix of formal and casual presenting the wide selection of high quality brands from their range. This is how it should be done.
Last day of the week with a couple meetings to go through. No need for a full suit so ended up going with a pretty much “uniform look” in flannel featuring what else but simple colors mainly in tones of blue and grey.
Wool blazer by Mabro and checked blue mtm-shirt by Isaia. Trousers made of lighweight dark grey flannel (Finealta) and lighter grey cashmere tie from Viola Milano. Pocket square by Schoffa and shoes (which definitely needed to be sweeped after taking the shot) made by Crockett&Jones for Paul Smith.
Summer keeps getting closer and closer and that means wedding-season is almost just around the corner as well.
In case you already have occasions booked at your calendar (I luckily will have at least two) here’s few inspirational outtakes by Swedish Rose&Born.
If the invitation says “black tie” - this is your way to do it. If it says something else, forget this.
Dark grey is a safe choice, double-breasted jacket brings it to be a bit more distinguishable. Also the collar pin makes the ensemble a bit “dandyish” but as weddings are suppose to be joyous celebration, it’s definitely acceptable.
Maybe the most “traditional and essential” option of the ones pictured, blue single-breasted suit together with a white shirt. If you want go “all the way basics” replace the floral tie with a silver / grey grenadine. I would drop the ticket pocket and make sure there’s no collar gap though.
In case you happen to get invited to a “beach wedding” this could be the perfect attire. White cotton suit with patch pockets (pretty casual) paired with peach-colored shirt and creamy knit-tie. Just be sure you also have the perfect tan as these colors will not look against pale skin.
Also, here you can find my short notes about wedding essentials from last summer.